On Thursday, senate Democrats struck down a GOP attempt to impose sanctions on corporations that are tied to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline (the same pipeline that Joe Biden signed off on after he shut down work on our own Keystone pipeline putting thousands of American out of work) that delivers natural gas from Vladimir Putin’s Russia to Germany.
Remember, then President Donald Trump reminded us all that NATO was formed to protect Germany from Russia, and now they are buying natural gas from Russia, allowing Putin to hold something over Germany’s (and eventually all of Europe) head whenever they want. The US has for years paid the overwhelming amount of NATO dues to keep it running.
The interesting thing is in order to shut down the Republican proposal, the senate Democrats resorted to using a senate tool that, according to the Democrats, is a racist old relic of the Democrat’s own Jim Crow era. Barack Obama, post presidency, was the first person of prominence who called the filibuster a “Jim Crow relic.” He said that because the filibuster had been used in the 1950s and 60s against certain Civil Rights legislation. For example, Senator Strom Thurmond filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1957. But Thurmond was a Republican, Democrats would tell you. Not when he filibustered that bill. Strom Thurmond was a Democrat his entire life all the way up until he had a change of heart and joined the Republican Party in 1964. From then on, he fought against Democrats who didn’t want Civil Rights for black Americans. In fact, it wasn’t until President Lyndon Johnson stole Eisenhower’s Civil Rights Act of 1957, almost written verbatim, and called it the Civil Rights Act of 1964, that Democrats realized the country was changing and they could exploit it by acting like champions of Civil Rights.
The government of Ukraine has referred to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline as “an existential treat to our security” since Russia has assembled tens of thousands of military troops along Ukraine’s border. It is believed Putin is going to invade Ukraine and the feckless Biden administration is doing nothing to stop it. After the Afghanistan withdrawal debacle, do we really want the likes of Generals Mark Milley and Frank McKenzie having anything to do with attempting to stop the Russian army from invading Ukraine?
The Putin pipeline would allow Russia to deliver natural gas to Western Europe uninterrupted even during a time of war. Who needs Halliburton when the American president signed off on Putin delivering energy to Europe?
The Cruz sanctions bill had a majority of support. Six Democrat senators crossed party lines to support the bill along with almost every Republican. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) was the only Republican who voted No. But having a majority in the United States Senate is not always enough to pass bills, thanks to what former President Obama has called a “Jim Crow relic.”
You guessed it. Senate Democrats invoked the filibuster to block Cruz’s sanctions bill on Vladimir Putin. So the Democrats, using their terminology, used a racist tool to force a 60 vote threshold in order to block a bill that Senator Cruz has argued for months was needed to prevent Russian aggression in Western Europe.
“The eyes of history are upon us today. Each of us will be faced with a momentous question: Can we put petty differences aside and can we come together to defend our friend and our ally Ukraine against imminent Russian aggression?” Cruz asked the Senate floor prior to the vote.
But the Democrats used the Jim Crow relic filibuster that they say must be removed in order to save our democracy. Can the hypocrisy get any worse?